Alhaji Ahmad Abdullahi was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of FBN Holdings Plc on 17 December 2021. He is a seasoned economist and an accomplished professional with extensive experience in banking operations, financial regulation and banking supervision; corporate governance and ethics; and the academia.
Alhaji Abdullahi started his career in academics in 1985 as a Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology, Usman Danfodio University Sokoto. In 1990, he joined the services of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) where he rose through the ranks from being a Manager in Retail Banking Services at Ibadan, Kano and Katsina branches, to becoming a Director and Head of the Banking Supervision Department of CBN where he retired in 2020. In between, he garnered a wealth of experience in business reengineering and performance management, corporate governance, ethics and compliance, supervision of banks and financial institutions among others.
Prior to his appointment to the FBNHoldings board, Alhaji Abdullahi served on the boards of several institutions including Africa Finance Corporation, Financial Market Dealers Quote (FMDQ Clear), Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC), Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
Alhaji Abdullahi graduated from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and went further to bag an MSc degree in Agricultural Extension from Nigeria’s premier institution, University of Ibadan. He also obtained another Master’s degree in Banking & Finance from the Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. Alhaji Abdullahi is a member of several professional bodies such as the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, (CIBN), Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Certified Compliance & Ethics Professionals International and Institute of Directors, IoD.
He attended several local and international training programmes as a professional in all the roles he occupied and as an academia, he has to his credit a journal publication titled “Training and Visit Model as a tool of extending improved farming techniques among rural communities around Sokoto.”
He is happily married with children and loves being with his family in his leisure times.